MercedesBenz GLA Review | 2014 200 CDI Diesel Launch Review…

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Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO

2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA Review: 200 CDI


Hot: Practical boot, ride, SUV styling looks cool.

Vehicle Style: luxury SUV

Price: $47,900 on-roads)

Engine/trans: 100kW/300Nm 2.2 diesel 4cyl | 7sp twin-clutch

Fuel Economy claimed: 4.6 | tested: 6.1 l/100km


is Mercedes-Benz’s new GLA compact SUV , but don’t let the in the SUV tag fool you. As far as utility the current B-Class has this new beat.

Rather, the GLA slots in between Benz’s A-Class and the B-Class. while also a baby brother to the much, larger M-Class .

And, from $47,900 for the GLA 200 CDI, Australia doesn’t expect it to be the same sales success as the cheaper A-Class.

Sales are surprisingly modest, with 1000 GLAs of all types to roll out of MB showrooms this (We think it will do better.)

So why opt for the GLA instead of a more affordable Is the GLA all about SUV aesthetics and not much

The entry-level GLA 200 that launched week (the GLA 250 4Matic join it in July, the GLA 45 AMG in October) is only, so it’s arguably to “jacked up hatch” than SUV”.

But, we rather it.

Standard equipment: dual-zone control, bi-xenon headlamps, wipers, dusk-sensing headlamps, control, self-parking feature, spot assist, reversing power tailgate, sat-nav.

Six-speaker single-disc CD/DVD, USB/iPod connectivity and Bluetooth integration

Artificial leather (Artico), three upholstery black, grey, beige.

space: 421L seats up, rear seat in cargo 60/40 split fold seat with ski port.

The will be very familiar to who’ve spent any length of in an A-Class.

There are some subtle in dash trim, but for the most the dash, instrumentation, centre and centre console are the same.

The height is slightly higher an A-Class, but given the GLA sits lower than a B-Class, not quite tall enough to see other traffic.

That both the basic Comfort and the optional AMG sports seats good support.

Rear is acceptable, though the optional sunroof dramatically reduces the of space for your noggin.

The backrest can also be locked in a upright position to boost space, but it’s nearly and not very comfortable for anything but a hop.

Speaking of which, space is one of the GLA’s primary of difference. At 421 litres (481L the back seat in the cargo the GLA offers 80 litres more the A-Class.

It’s not quite as as the B-Class’ 488L boot, but more than enough for a and the Saturday shopping.

100kW/300Nm 2.2 turbodiesel four cylinder

Seven-speed twin-clutch automatic, drive

MacPherson strut suspension, multi-link rear 18-inch alloys

Disc all around.

AMG pack brings suspension, crossdrilled front 19-inch alloys

The suspension is Despite riding on 18-inch the GLA’s relatively tall and softer springs and damper gives it a great deal compliance than the A-Class.

But it easily soaks up big bumps, not floaty or excessively soft. good body control corners and decent grip even in the soggy Melbourne encountered during the launch.

And the absence of all-wheel drive was notable in the wet, the stability system does a reasonable job of in wheelspin.

The steering is also good. Though it’s on feedback, the weighting increases as you wind on more lock.

It turns in well. Though not as agile as the A-Class, the nose can be in accurately when pointed a set of corners.

However, there’s no getting the fact that the GLA 200 CDI doesn’t quick. Though its 2.2 litre engine has 100kW of power and a 300Nm of torque, the throttle in the default Eco mode dulls

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It’s not much better Eco mode switched off, and marginally better with the mode for the seven-speed twin-clutch set to Sport.

The problem is turbo It takes a few moments for the engine to delivering its torque, and the delivery linear — like turbodiesels.

It’s not a problem normal driving, but can be an irritation planting the throttle to overtake, or trying to make a quick from standstill.

That the launch route was relatively and with little in the way of urban

Of course, for younger family where fuel economy can or break a purchase, there is to be little issue with tuning and performance.

Our test of 6.1 l/100km are very good and will be complaining with the 4.6 factory figure.

ANCAP rating: The Mercedes-Benz has yet to be tested by ANCAP

Safety Nine airbags as standard front, front side, side, curtain, driver’s three-point seatbelts and two ISOFIX seat anchorages as standard. are protected by an active bonnet.

control, traction control, EBD, brake assist, prevention assist, blind monitor and driver fatigue help reduce the chance of an


Does the differ enough from the to warrant its higher pricetag? In respects yes, in others, not — at least not where the drive GLA 200 CDI is concerned.

Certainly, is a lot of appeal in the SUV aesthetic, and the greater of the GLA’s noticeably larger

If you don’t need something as as the M-Class. Mercedes now has an SUV option for

And while Mercedes-Benz dominates its in overall sales, the GLA allows it to on a more even footing the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.

With its comfortable ride, boot and torquey engine, the GLA 200 CDI has than a few positive attributes in its

Our first taste of the GLA 200 CDI was a brief one we’ll be spending more at the wheel in coming weeks.

(excludes on-road costs)

GLA 200 CDI $47,900

GLA 250 4MATIC —

GLA 45 AMG — $79,900

Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO
Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO
Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO
Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO


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